She may look all sweetness and light but I’m dealing with a Threenager.
I don’t know about you but I did not find the terrible two’s to be quite so terrible. She had her moments of course but after the insight of this week I’d gladly go to back to the two’s. This week has bought the biggest melt downs I have ever seen, and it’s over nothing. Here’s a few things that have annoyed her…..
She decided she had finished her lunch and told me to give the rest to the dog, which I did. After the dog had eaten it she stood and cry-screamed at him and his bowl because she wanted it back.
I gave her the wrong cup.
I gave her the wrong coat
I was sitting in HER seat
The dog was in her dancing space
I told her not to bring all the toys down from her room, as I had just tidied them all up. Not that she cares about the fact I just spent the last hour tidying. Queue more screaming at me and saying “but why mummy” over and over again.
She wanted a biscuit for her breakfast, another melt down when told no she couldn’t have a biscuit she would have cereal and toast. I DON’T WANT THAT! She screamed when I put it in front of her, then the plate was pushed off the table.
What is frustrating most is when she’s asked what she wants (I know I shouldn’t give her a choice) she finally makes up her mind, then when she gets whatever it is she changes her mind with screams I DON’T WANT THIS, I WANT THE OTHER! For instance we were shopping the other day, she was asked if she wanted the princess shoes or a magazine from the shop we were in. She decided on the shoes. When we got home she decided she didn’t want the shoes she wanted the magazine! So the shoes were flung on the floor and she had a complete meltdown for at least 10 minutes, I’m sure the neighbours were thinking what’s going on in there.
I find ignoring the cry-screams and wailing works sometimes, unless she’s being destructive then I have to step in. When she has calms down now she’ll come and say “Mummy are you happy?” So she knows her behaviour has upset me.
Only another 9 months of being three to go but I’ve been told recently that’s the fours are just as bad, does it ever end? I certainly hope so.
Thirty Mummy x